Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are easily one of the most exciting sides in the Premier League this season and their summer buy Mohamed Salah s beyond doubt, the signing of the summer. The Egyptian international now has nine goals in his last four games and will be looking to add to the tally when his side travel to the Amex Stadium this weekend to face Brighton and Hove Albion.
The newcomers to the top flight, Brighton, were held to a tame draw by Crystal Palace in the last round and will look to put in a more solid performance, this time against Klopp’s side. But the Reds will be favourites to take all three points from this game and here is the predicted lineup he might field for this tie:
The Reds are still without the services of Nathaniel Clyne, who remains the only long-term injury in this game. Defender Ragnar Klavan and midfielder Adam Lallana missed the game earlier in the week but are fit for this tie but it is hard to see either of them starting this weekend.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
Simon Mignolet captained Liverpool last night to yet another clean sheet and he is expected to keep his place in the side under the bar in this game. Klopp reverted to his first choice CB pairing of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, who managed to keep a clean sheet, the duo should keep their place in the backline intact, for this game.
Joe Gomez has been exceptional in the last few games for his side and deserves some rest ahead of the UCL tie next week. He should be replaced by young Trent Alexandre Arnold, who has been effective at right-back. Alberto Moreno has also been consistent this season and should be given a breather, and newbie Andrew Robertson should be given just his second start of the season at left back.
Skipper Jordan Henderson started from the bench against Stoke City but is expected to be back in the starting XI, in the no.6 role this weekend. Georginio Wijnaldum has been productive in the last couple of games and could also be rested, giving Emre Can his second consecutive start in the league.
Philippe Coutinho was an unused substitute in that game earlier this week and is a definite starter in this game against the Seagulls.
Sadio Mane was back on the scoresheet in the last game and should keep his place on the left flank while Mohamed Salah, who scored a brace, coming off the bench against the Potters, should be back starting on the left flank.
Roberto Firmino shared the attacking duties with Dominic Solanke in the last game but should be back leading the side in a false-9 role, giving Klopp his preferred front three after a couple of games.
The likes of Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana should all find a place on the bench.
Here is how they might line up: